Zachery Johnson, Kayla Kelley and Michelle Rahn create pizzas at the new MOD Pizza, which is scheduled to offer grand opening giveaways starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at 7240 Outfitters Way in West Chester Twp. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

MOD Pizza opens Wednesday in West Chester

MOD Pizza opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 7240 Outfitters Way in West Chester Twp. near Cabela’s with free pizza to the first 52 fans in line, a chance to win free pizza for a year, and other giveaways.

The new location is the restaurant’s first in Butler County and is across the street from Liberty Center.

MOD Pizza also serves salads, milkshakes, craft beers and wine.

A special sneak preview event from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight will allow customers to dine at the new venue with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the restaurant’s Bridge Fund, which helps employees “bridge the gap” in their own funds in the event of a fire, vehicle repair or other expense-inducing event.

“It’s very important that we take care of our associates,” said Brian Taylor, MOD Pizza’s general manager. “We treat them like family because that’s pretty much what we are. We give people that second chance so they can create a life for themselves, if they need it.”

The restaurant offers five different sauce options, six cheeses, eight meats, 20 toppings and seven different “Finish It” items for the final touch.

“MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads, using fresh-pressed dough, signature sauces and over 30 toppings, for one price,” Garyen Denning, managing partner of MOD Pizza franchisee Cool Dough Development, previously told this media outlet.

Gluten-free crust options are available upon request.

Each MOD Pizza location employs approximately 25 local employees.

Founded in Seattle in 2008, MOD operates nearly 200 locations.

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